Written By Malin Jörnvi

MoMa, Jan 20th 2017

Published: January 21, 2017

On a day like this it seemed fitting to close down the outer world contact for a few hours, and what better place to spend that time than inside The Museum of Modern Art. As an NYU student I’m very fortunate to have MoMa as one of the institutions to which I have free admission, and today I was even more lucky as I managed to hit an almost crowd free time slot. But to spend time in art galleries and museums didn’t come natural to me at first.

Before coming to NYC, I struggled a lot with visual art, and I still get overwhelmed if I stay for too long in any one space. But arriving freshman year determined to make the most of my time in the city I decided to challenge my disbeliefs, and today after a fair amount of time exploring, I’d say that I have a much bigger appreciation of the art form and that MoMa holds some of my favorite artists and movements. Since a first year writing assignment, whenever I visit I always go back to the Abstract Expressionism of Barnet Newman and Jackson Pollock and as my drawing class in Florence introduced me to Georges Seurat and his extraordinary treatment of light, I happily found that MoMa had two of his pieces on display. But today a temporary exhibition on the top floor sparked my interest. Advertised with the words: “Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction,” I of course couldn’t help but enter and that was a fortunate whim, because Francis Picabia definitely rose to the top of my list: I found the paradox that every single painting had something to say while the color nuances and their composition were completely beyond words. I simply couldn’t help but thinking: “this is art,” and on a day like this I’m convinced that the deeply human language of art is more important than ever.

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Francis Picabia, MoMa, New York City

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Francis Picabia, MoMa, New York City

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Francis Picabia, MoMa, New York City

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